Athabasca River (AB) - Falls Run II

A big water feel class II river with several small play spots and many wave trains. The river runs through some canyon sections with beautiful scenery and lots of potential for eddy practice.

The rapids begin right at the put in. Aim right of the house sized boulder and follow the wave trains.

Roughly 20 minutes into the run there is a long straight flat section that leads into a canyon. As you enter the canyon, noise from the upcoming rapid echoes and sounds as though you are heading towards a huge drop, this is the Kerkeslin ledges and it is not as big as it sounds. It is a straight forward series of wave trains, the smoothest line is center left.

After the ledges there is a 30-45 minute class I float to the takeout. Watch for the Take Out #1(Meeting of the Waters) on the left at the confluence with the Whirlpool river a short time after the Athabasca meets and begins following Hwy 93. Take out #2 is on river right just around the corner from Take Out #1.

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Map

The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!

Run Information

Takeout

Take out #1: From Jasper go South on Hwy 93. Immediately after the park gate turn Right(West) onto Hwy 93A. Follow 93A ~20Km to the pull of at “Meeting of the Waters”(well signed).

Take out #2: Although this is #2 it is the primary usage site. From Jasper go South on Hwy 93 for ~20Km until you see a gravel pull off leading down to the river on the West(right) side of the road. Park here keeping in mind that rafting companies use this takeout and need to maneuver school buses with trailers so try to leave them some room.

Put In

From Take Out #1: Continue South on Hwy 93A for ~12Km until you reach the Geraldine Lakes trailhead on the Right(West) side of the road. Be advised that this road is poorly paved with sections of gravel.

From Take Out #2: Continue South on Hwy 93 for 12Km until you reach Athabasca falls. Turn West onto Hwy 93A, follow it across the bridge a little over 1Km to the Geraldine Lakes trailhead on the West(left) side of the road.

The trail down to the river is a narrow gravel road(no vehicles allowed) ~500m long and starts starts across Hwy 93A from the trailhead parking lot.

Character

Big water Grade II canyon. lots of eddies and a few little play spots.

Length & Time

12km, Couple_Hours

Gradient

Unknown

Flow Information

Flows spring and summer. Peak flows are usually in June. The river gets faster and bigger with more water. Consult any of the rafting companies in Jasper about how the river is doing for flow.

Gauge

http://www.environment.alberta.ca/forecasting/data/hydro/tables/ATH-RATHJASP-WL.txt

Be advised that this gauge is after the confluence with both the Whirlpool and the Miette so it is not entirely accurate but will give you a pretty good idea of where the level is at Embedding video and images is simple, to do it properly and quickly please read How To Add Video and Images.

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